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Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Reynolds

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  1. Newsgathering

RCFP and a 22 other media organizations filed an amicus brief in the 8th Circuit regarding the Iowa ag-gag statute, which criminalizes accessing an agriculture facility by false pretenses as well as making misrepresentations as part of an application for employment at an agricultural facility. The brief explains that the news media has a mutually reinforcing relationship with agricultural employees that allows the press to inform the public about issues of public health and safety. It also explains that the conspiracy provision of the ag-gag law creates a chilling effect by potentially imposing liability on journalists working with sources inside agricultural facilities.